How to co-produce with Denmark

The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has minor-coproduction schemes for feature fiction and animation films with three deadlines a year, and for short and documentary films with two deadlines a year. DFI may support 6-9 minor co-productions in feature films and 4-6 minors in short and documentary films a year.Read more:
http://www.dfi-film.dk/how-to-co-produce-with-denmark-feature
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The person you have to contact is Noemi Ferrer Schwenk. She coordinates the Danish Film Institute’s work with international co-productions and is one of the key figures in the Film Institute’s overall international activities.

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk
Phone +45 5096 7411
noemis@dfi.dk

Nicht zu verpassen DOK. fest München 7-14/5 !

In seinem 29. Jahr ist das DOK.fest, das Internationale Dokumentarfilmfestival München, längst eine etablierte Größe. Wettbewerb, Festival-Specials, ein umfassendes Rahmenprogramm und ein Forum bieten Zusehern wie auch Branchenkennern eine Plattform, um internationale Produktionen zu sehen, sich über Dokumentarfilme auszutauschen und auch eigene Ideen vorzubringen.
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In weniger als einer Woche startet das DOK.fest in seine letzte Zwanziger-Runde: 135 Dokumentarfilme aus 41 Ländern werden vom 7. bis zum 14. Mai 2014 an elf Spielorten gezeigt. Drei Wettbewerbsreihen küren die besten Filme, Brasilien ist diesjähriges Gastland, eine Retrospektive widmet sich den Arbeiten der britischen Filmemacherin Kim Longinotto
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und Specials, Musikfilme und die erstmalig statt findende Best-of-Oscar-Reihe bieten Dokumentarfilmfans eine Woche lang fast rund um die Uhr Information, Inspiration und ein unterhaltsames und reichhaltiges Programm.

Ein wichtiger Teil des Festivals ist die Branchen- und Nachwuchsplattform DOK.forum. Der Treffpunkt für die Branche wartet mit einem vielfältigen Programm in drei Teilbereichen auf: Das “Filmschulfestival” hat in diesem Jahr elf Hochschulen zu Gast. Die “Perspektiven” diskutieren unterschiedlichste Themen – von 3D, über die Qualität des Fernsehens für seine jungen Zuschauer bis hin zu neuen Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten – in spannenden und besuchenswerten Workshops und Werkstätten.

Der dritte Teil unter dem Namen “Marktplatz” bringt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes alle Entscheider an einen Tisch: Während der Roundtables auf dem DOK.forum Marktplatz, die sich als Bühne für neue Projekte verstehen, stellen Filmemacher, Autoren und Regisseure ihre Konzepte und Ideen vor
namhaften Redakteuren, Produzenten und Vertrieben sowie Verleihern vor. Die moderierten Runden – ihr Fokus liegt auf dem deutschsprachigen Produktionsraum – sind thematisch zusammengestellt und finden auch zu Spezialthemen wie Crowdfunding, Distribution, Digital Workflow oder Cross
Media statt.

Das Programm zum DOK.fest 2014 sowie Tickets sind unter
http://www.dokfest-muenchen.de erhältlich.

A workshop for docs in a rough cut stage?

Dok Incubator is a course that runs for three weeks, during half a year, where you apply with a rough cut. dok01_color_0_2502c317b1d5fc They work with the teams of director, editor and Producer, with their films, to improve their film and work with the producers and teams to learn how to do international financing and distribution. They also work with the films to make them more international as well. Director and editor has cooperation with big european editors to improve the films. The course is held in different European cities. It is a media supported program like EAVE, but just for documentaries in post production.

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Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the central teachers.
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The workshop will take place in Krakow, Poland, 25 – 28 May, during the Krakow Film Festival. All projects will present their film at Docs to Go presentation of Polish documentary works in progress on 29th May. If you cant go to Krakow you can get to know the participating projects at DOK Leipzig

People you should know: Tue Steen Müller

There are some people everybody in the documentary business should know. So that’s why I will start to introduce you to some of the doc legends! I will start with Tue Steen Müller my Danish friend and mentor. Its not a coincidence that he was given the EDN award this year in Thessaloniki at the doc festival for an outstanding contribution to the European documentary culture.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you do not know him already let me introduce you to Tue Steen Müller.
He is the one who encouraged and inspired me to get involved in this lovely field, and for that I owe him a lot! Thank you Tue!
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Born 1947. Danish. He worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board – as press secretary, head of distribution and information and as a commissioning editor. He’s co-founder of Balticum Film and TVFestival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. He has travelled to European short and documentary festivals often to be seated as a jury member. He has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. In 2004 he was awarded the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. In 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. From 1996 until 2005 he was director of EDN (European Documentary Network). He has written articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. From September 2007-2013 he taught at the Zelig Documentary Film School, Bolzano, Italy. He writes (almost) daily about documentaries in English on www.filmkommentaren.dk

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One of the good Greek docs in Thessaloniki 2014

In times of recession three Greeks try to take their destiny in their own hands.
Could this crisis be our chance to re-invent ourselves and our society?
This is the theme of the feature length documentary “Gr. work in progress” (the title is indeed not so good – but the film is!) by Elena Zervopoulou which made its premier at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival in March. Elena Zervopoulou the film director who also did the production is a ethnopsychologist and holds a master in documentary making from the University in Paris.
In her film she succeed to make 3 strong portraits of Greeks who took their destiny in their own hands! This is what she was thinking about her film in December 2012… “The financial crisis strikes Greece and spreads out worldwide. We are loosing our financial security and our living standard, but how much of our values, our humanity and our decency is going down with the rest? Could this be our chance to re-invent ourselves and our society?”
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The three protagonists together reflect the current potential for transformation in Greece. Positive change dynamics move from the bottom up. We follow the single individual (Giorgos) who finds the strength to overcome his difficulties and rebuild his life. The film examinee Grigoris’ family as it retightens its bonds and seeks a better quality of life. Finally, the journey takes us to the activist volunteer group behind the “potato movement” (Ilias) as their activities impact the society as a whole by challenging the commercial foods supply chain and practicing solidarity and direct democracy.

You may watch the trailer here:

http://onevibefilms.com/en/creative-documentaries/produced/greece-work-in-progress-greek.html

Yulas Dream, by Hanna Polak produced by Sigrid Dyekjær

Danish Documentary is one of the world’s leading production companies when it comes to producing creative documentary films for the big screen and television.

The company is founded and co-owned by four celebrated Danish documentary directors, Phie Ambo, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Eva Mulvad and Mikala Krogh, together with internationally acclaimed film producer Sigrid Dyekjær. What is Sigrid working on now?

I am working on a fantastic story, very unique, by Oscar nominated polish director Hanna Polak, Yula´s Dream, that we are editing right now. Hanna has followed a girl for 14 years on a garbage dump outside of Moscow. from she is 10 until she is 24 and actually gets away and moves to Moscow. Really a wonderful project and Hanna is a wonderful director.
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I have just closed a 40 min film Eva Mulvad has made for Danish national tv The Castle I hope to launch it internationally on a festival in 2014. A funny, strange film about living in a castle in Denmark, exclusively, with other elderly people, where you have gardeners, cooks, maides, and servants, and you live in furniture from 1700 century. Here they have their own special elderly home, and in order to get in, you have to live up to certain rules. Not written rules, no the unwritten rules from the upper class. It has been a really fun film to produce. And we are finishing a film by Mikala Krogh about the biggest tabloid magazine in Denmark, where she has followed them for two years in the crises of the newspaper degrading and the net paper being the only thing young people wants to read, but nobody earns money on it, not even the tabloid magazines.

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